Public Works Director – Borough of Forest Hills

Deadline: June 14, 2024

Job Summary

The Borough of Forest Hills Public Works Director oversees the day-to-day operations of the public works department. Plans, organizes, supervises and directs various work crews in the Public Works Department engaged in the maintenance, repairs and construction of public works facilities including street; storm drainage; buildings; grounds; parks; and other public facilities, vehicles and equipment. This position requires strong leadership, technical knowledge, and organizational skills to ensure the efficient functioning of various public works projects and maintenance activities. The Public Works Director works under the general supervision of the Borough Manager.

Key Duties Include

  • Lead and supervise a team of public works employees, including laborers, equipment operators, and technicians.
  • Plan, prioritize, and assign tasks for various public works projects, including road maintenance, street cleaning, sidewalk repair, and park maintenance.
  • Coordinate with other departments, contractors, including the Borough’s Engineering Consulting firm, and other agencies to ensure timely project completion and adherence to budgetary constraints.
  • Coordinate repair and maintenance activities, such as pothole patching, street sweeping, and snow removal. Note: May be required to work independently during off hours to handle unscheduled demands such as snow removal, sewer or drainage issues, downed trees or other similar events
  • Ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations governing public works activities, including environmental regulations, safety standards, and permits.
  • Enforce safety regulations and best practices to prevent workplace accidents and injuries.
  • Stay informed about changes in regulations and industry best practices, and implement appropriate measures to maintain compliance.


  • High school diploma or equivalent; additional education or training in public works management or related field preferred.
  • Proven experience in public works/property/physical plant operations, including supervisory experience. A minimum of seven (7) years experience in a public works/property/physical plant environment and a minimum of three (3) years experience in a supervisory role.
  • Knowledge of construction techniques, materials, and equipment used in public works projects.
  • Familiarity with local regulations, zoning codes, and environmental standards related to public works operations.
  • Experience working or supervising in a union environment.
  • Familiarity with regulatory requirements governing public works activities, such as OSHA regulations.

How to Apply

A complete job description is available at

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, complete resume and three references to

Resumes and application materials will be accepted until the position has been filled.

Forest Hills is an Equal Opportunity Employer.